Geoffrey Kaye Museum

The Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History is the largest and most diverse collection of its kind. It offers a unique opportunity to examine and understand the history of anaesthesia practice, particularly in Australia and New Zealand. 

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The museum holds temporary exhibitions onsite and online, and a comprehensive collection for historical research. Visitors are welcome to contact the museum to arrange a tour.

 

We became an accredited museum in February 2015. Museum accreditation is aligned with the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries.

 

Visiting the Museum
The museum is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Bookings are essential. If you have any questions or to arrange a visit, please contact the museum curator, Monica Cronin. 

 

Phone: +61 3 8517 5309

Email:   museum@anzca.edu.au
Twitter: @GKMuseum

 

Museum collection

The museum houses a vast collection and has made some images and information available to the public via Victorian Collections. To see the museum’s collection please visit the Victorian Collections website.

 

If you are interested in donating to the museum, please read Donating objects to the museum or contact the museum via email or telephone +61 3 8517 5309.
 

Awards and grants

The inaugural ANZCA Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine History & Heritage Grant was finalised on 31 October 2018 and the full amount of $5000 was awarded to Dr Michael Toon from Queensland. Dr Toon will undertake an oral history recording project to tell the story of the history and evolution of obstetric anaesthesia and labour analgesia at Brisbane’s two tertiary hospitals, The Mater Mother’s Hospital and the Royal Women’s Hospital.  Dr Toon will also utilise archival resources and published accounts to supplement the oral histories, with a launch planned for National Anaesthesia Day 2019.
 
Find out more about the grant and other awards here.
 

Exhibitions

 

The Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History launched its new online exhibition The Rare Privilege of Medicine: Women anaesthetists in Australia and New Zealand on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018.
The physical exhibition was launched on April 18, to coincide with the Australian Heritage Festival.

The exhibition investigates the professional lives of 10 women anaesthetists, ranging in date from 1896 to the present. These women came to medicine through very different paths, and the trajectories of their careers were also markedly different. 

With these women’s stories, the museum hopes to inspire other women but also to challenge other researchers to find women’s stories in medical history, and bring them into the public domain. 


See all the museum's online exhibitions here.
 

Events and Courses

The Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History runs events and courses to help medical professionals and members of the public develop and fine-tune their historical research skills. Find out more about events and courses offered by the Museum here.
 

Lives of the Fellows


Lives of the Fellows is an ongoing project uncovering the stories of faculty and college fellows. 

 

Museum news and media

The official blog of the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History, Pins & Needles, provides you with regular updates on exhibition information, student projects, collection updates and more. You can visit whenever you like or subscribe to receive notifications of a new post.

Follow the museum on Twitter. Twitter is another place you’ll be able to see some of the projects we’re working on and interesting projects from other museums we’re following.

 

Read more news and media about the museum here.

 

Oral histories

Interview with museum founder Dr Geoffrey Kaye

In this video from 1983, Dr Geoffrey Kaye talks to Dr John Paull about practicing anaesthesia in the 1920s and 30s.

 


View more oral histories with ANZCA and FPM fellows here.

 

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